07062021-ATR-01.qxd 6/6/2021 11:09 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE EMBRACE CHANGE GRACEFULLY & STEP INTO THE DIGITAL WORLD PAGE 2 Online counselling for admissions a good option but addressing tech gap will be a challenge, say residents. PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF 25 DAYS OF SAFAI SEWAKS’ PROTEST Tarn Taran: The strike by safai sewaks of Tarn Taran and Patti Municipal Councils, besides Bhikhiwind and Khemkaran Nagar Panchayats entered 25th day on Sunday. The protesters warned the government of intensifying their protest if their demands were not accepted. Mounds of garbage are seen in the town due to ongoing strike by the sanitary staff. Romesh Kumar Shergill, state leader of the Safai Sewak Union, Punjab, condemned the indifferent attitude of the state government. He said the striking employees were demanding implementation of the 6th Pay Commission and regularisation of the services of contractual safai sewaks and sewermen working for more than five years. OC REAL ESTATE AGENT ASSAULTED Amritsar: Panic gripped Imperial city on Saturday night when occupants of two cars indulged in firing and assaulted a real estate agent. The victim has been identified as Jatinder Singh, who was rushed to a private hospital. The police said they were recording statements of the victim and eyewitnesses and the matter was under investigation. Jatinder said he along with his mother Sukhbir Kaur and daughter Gurnaz were out for a walk after having dinner. He said three unknown persons with covered faces attacked him. Jatinder said his mother was also injured as she tried to save him. He said as people gathered, the accused took out pistols and fired several shots in the air and fled. Jaspal Singh, SHO, Cantonment police station, said CCTV cameras were being scrutinised. He said probe was on to ascertain the reason behind the attack. TNS MEETING TO REVIEW COVID MGMT HELD Amritsar: A meeting of senior health officials was held at the Civil Hospital here on Sunday to review Covid-19 management in the district. The meeting was chaired by Director Health and Family Welfare Dr Gurbinder Singh. Civil Surgeon Dr Charanjit Singh and other programme officers. Dr Gurbinder took stock of the arrangement for treatment of Covid cases, isolation wards, Covid sampling, vaccination, containment and microcontainment zones, home isolation, Comprehensive Health Insurance Schemes, user charges and other aspects of the disease management programme. He asked them to be prepared for all kinds of emergencies related to health. He asked officials to ensure that there was no shortage of oxygen cylinders, isolation beds, wards, essential medicines at all health facilities. He said in addition, non-Covid facilities as maternal and child health, maternity facilities, immunisation facilities, malaria and dengue control programmes, noncommunicable diseases, awareness camps should not get affected. District Family Welfare Officer Dr Jaspreet Sharma, Deputy Director Dental Dr Sharanjit Kaur, Deputy Medical Commissioner Dr Gurmeet Kaur, Senior Medical Officers and others were also present. TNS PAGE 3 MEERA DEOSTHALE HOPES THE VACCINE CRISIS GETS OVER SOON The singer is all set to release Surroor 2021 and the first teaser of the album features artiste’s iconic cap & a mike. MAX 41°C | MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 39°C | MIN 26°C SUNSET MONDAY 7:33 PM PAGE 4 Actor Meera Deosthale feels it was wise to get the frontline workers, health workers & the elderly vaccinated first. SUNRISE TUESDAY 5:25 AM MONDAY | 7 JUNE 2021 | AMRITSAR Tung Dhab continues to wreak havoc on residents’ lives ‘ALL TALK, NO ACTION’Despite NGT orders, Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, Pollution Control Board norms continue to be flouted Tribune News Service of crores being spent on ❝Despite hundredsproject funded by Japan underground sewage Amritsar, June 6 Residents of Holy City, Swiss City, Guru Amar Dass Avenue and Gumtala village along with members of the Amritsar Vikas Manch gathered at the Tung Dhab drain to highlight the ill-effects of air and water pollution caused due to rampant and blatant release of sewage as well as other pollutants into the drain. Over the years, this stormwater drain passing through the outskirts of the city has become just a sewage discharge nullah carrying million liters of waste and unchecked effluents. To add to the woes of residents, apart from increasing pollution, it is causing multiple health hazards. Despite the National Green Tribunal International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Municipal Corporation continues to flout the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, as well as the recent directions of the National Green Tribunal, which asked the MC to immediately stop release of all forms of sewage into storm water drains. ❞ Dr Charanjit Singh Gumtala, PATRON, AMRITSAR VIKAS MANCH are making efforts to ❝WeMP Gurjeet Singh Aujlaaddress the issue. has assured residents that they will address the issue. ❞ Karamjit Singh Rintu, MAYOR orders, the Municipal Corporation Amritsar (MCA) continues to flout the Water Act as well as Central Pollution Control Board norms by releasing sewage directly into the drain. The MC in its recent reply to the National Green Tribunal (NGT), which had listed the case for addressing Four succumb to virus, 111 test +ve in district Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 6 The district on Sunday reported four more deaths due to Covid-19, pushing the toll to 1,490. The district also reported 111 new positive cases, taking the tally to 45,436. The deceased have been identified as Mukhtar Singh (46) of Bal Khurd village; Darshan Kaur (65) of Fakir Singh Colony; Surinder Singh (65) of Tarn Taran Road; and Gurmeet Kaur (65) of Saido Lehal Village. The new cases include 60 influenza-like illness (ILI) cases and 51 contacts of positive patients. With the recovery of 200 patients, the total count of those recuperated has increased to 41,885. The district at present has a total of 2,061 active cases. Meanwhile, a total of 2,271 residents were inoculated against Covid-19 here on Sunday. Officials of the Health Department stated that till date, 27,287 healthcare workers (HCWs), 58,658 frontline workers (FLWs), 2,17,974 residents above 45 years and 21,980 residents in the 18-44 year age group had been partially vaccinated. Further, 15,129 HCW, 17,798 FLW and 40,469 residents above 45 years have been completely vaccinated. FILE PHOTO FORECAST SINGER HIMESH RESHAMMIYA TO RELEASE HIS NEW ALBUM HELPLINE NUMBERS ■ Control Room: 0183-2500398, COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 111 45,436 4 1,490 200 41,885 2,061 0183-2500498, 0183-2500598, 0183-2500698, 0183-2500798 (Open 24*7) ■ Health Dept helpline: 01832535322, 0183-2535323 ■ Medical helpline: 104 ■ Contact a doctor: 1800 180 4104 ■ Bed availability and status: Punjab Covid App (updated daily at 5 pm) 1 DEATH, 32 NEW CASES REPORTED IN TARN TARAN The health authorities reported one Covid-19 related death in Tarn Taran distrcit on Sunday. With this, the toll has reached 329. The authorities reported 32 positive cases today. At present, the district has 371 active cases and 200 patients have been isolated at their respective homes . Tarn Taran Deputy Commissioner Kulwant Singh said 1,541 beneficiaries were administered the vaccine. So far, a total of 1,39,323 residents have been vaccinated. The Health Department collected 745 samples today from various parts of the district. OC pollution issue, had stated in writing that they will plug all municipal sewage release points and not release any sewage into the Tung Dhab by March 31, 2021, but nothing has materialised so far. Kailash Bansal, a Holy City resident, said the drain which passes through the outer area of the Holy City, Guru Amar Dass Avenue and Swiss City was a seasonal rainwater drain earlier, but the mixing of industrial effluents and sewage has now turned it into a toxic drain. He said the toxic gases being produced from the drain is causing acute and chronic diseases among the area residents. He said the toxic wastes, which are getting dissolved in the ground, is causing groundwater pollution. Despite regular complaints to the MC, no action has been taken. Sulphur dioxide which is released due to sewage turns into sulphuric acid that erodes the copper surfaces of air conditioners, refrigerators and circuits of electronic devices leading to quick malfunction within a few months. The children and elderly are suffering with various breathing, skin, eye and allergic problems due to the polluted air and dangerous fumes. 7 held for mining sand; 5 tippers impounded Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 6 The Mining Department and the Amritsar rural police arrested seven persons for their alleged involvement in illegal mining at Pandori village falling under the Chattiwind police station here on Saturday. The Mining Department team, headed by Gurmeet Singh, Sub Divisional Officer, River Works and Mining, along with police teams confiscated five tippers and a JCB machine from the spot. Those arrested have been identified as Harpal Singh of Ekalgadda village, Balwinder Singh of Munda village, Manjinder Singh of Sheikh village in Tarn Taran, Baldev Singh of Warring village in Jalandhar, Karandeep Singh of Bishambarpura village, Officials of the Mining and Police Departments nabbed seven persons for illegal mining at Pandori village in Amritsar on Sunday. Sarabjit Singh of Sarhali Kalan village and Ravinder Singh of Muzzaffar Nagar in Uttar Pradesh. Gurmeet Singh said following specific information, offi- cials of the Mining Department and the police teams raided Pandori village. They found a JCB machine carrying out illegal mining and five tippers were also sta- tioned there. The drivers of the tippers and the JCB said they were hired by Ravinder Singh, a contractor, who claimed to have the permission for the same. Ravinder also came to the spot and when the raiding teams demanded to show documents for carrying out the mining, he could not produce the same nor gave any satisfactory answers to the queries. As per the records, there was no permission for the mining in the village and therefore all vehicles were impounded and the accused were arrested from the spot, said Gurmeet Singh. A case under Section 379 of the IPC and Section 21 (1) of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act was registered against them. Minor orphan girl raped, youth booked Three nabbed with 650-gm heroin Amritsar: An orphan girl (14) was allegedly raped by a youth on the Tarn Taran road area here. The accused lived in the same locality where the victim resides. The police have booked the suspect, identified as Gurpreet Singh, alias Nikka, of Murabbe Wali Gali on the Tarn Taran road, but he has not been arrested so far. The victim’s aunt told the police that her brother had a daughter from his first marriage. His first wife deserted him without telling anyone, following which he married again. She said six months ago, he also died. The victim was now living with her stepmother. She said due to a function in the family, the victim had gone to her another aunt’s house in Krishna Nagar, also located on the Tarn Taran road, around 15 days ago. She said three days ago, she got a call from her aunt that the girl was not at home. She said around 8.30am, she was found near Gurdwara Shaheed Baba Deep Singh. She told them that the accused took her and raped her. A case under Sections 363, 366 and 376 of the IPC and Section 4 of the POCSO Act was registered. TNS Tarn Taran: The police have busted a six-member gang involved in peddling drugs on Saturday. Cops seized 650-gram heroin from three persons, including a woman. Senior Superintendent of Police Dhruman H Nimbale said the six-member gang includes four family members belonging to Suba Warring Singh village of Tarn Taran district. He said the accused have been identified as Ninder Kaur, her sons Vijay Singh, Gurbaj Singh and Major Singh. All three were on the run. Ajay Sharma and Harjinder Singh Jinda of Maksoodan (Jalandhar) were arrested with 350-gram heroin near Suba Waring Singh by the anti-narcotics cell led by SI Satnam Singh. Sharma and Jinda informed police that they had purchased the contraband from Nindar. The police raided the residence of Nindar and confiscated 300-gram heroin from her. During probe, she said her sons were also involved. A case under Sections 21-C, 29,61 and 85 of the NDPS Act was registered. In another incident, Rajiv Kumar of Patti was arrested with 100-gram heroin. He was booked under the NDPS Act. OC Lockdown, Op Bluestar anniv: Residents stay indoors Flaws in political system lead to protests, says Deep Sidhu Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 6 The city wore a deserted look on Sunday due to the weekend lockdown and 37th anniversary of Operation Bluestar. Police personnel and commandos were deployed across the city to prevent any untoward situation. As a result, people preferred to stay indoors. All kinds of public transport, including Metro Bus service and auto-rickshaws stayed off the road. Cops set up nakas in different areas to keep anti-social elements at bay. The weekend lockdown caused much inconvenience to passengers travel- GS Paul Tribune News Service Roads wore a deserted look and all markets were closed owing to the weekend lockdown and Operation Bluestar anniversary in Amritsar on Sunday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR ling by buses and trains in the city. Passengers alighting from trains at the Amritsar railway station were shocked to find neither a c m y b taxi nor an auto- rickshaw to reach their respective destinations. Amritsar, June 6 Deep Sidhu, who has been facing charges of violence at the Red Fort on January 26, said ‘faulty’ political system should be held responsible for being a hurdle in getting justice. Sidhu was at the Golden Temple on the occasion of 37th anniversary of Operation Bluestar and said poltical dominance was prevalent in every institute. “After 37 years of Operation Bluestar, the justice is still awaited. Be it the Congress or BJP at the Centre, flaws in political system will not let you get justice for your rights. On the one hand, Defence Minister encourages the Sikh Battalion to raise religious slogans ‘Raaj Karega Khalsa’ and ‘Jhulte Nishan Rahe Panth Maharaj Ke’, on borders. On the other hand, when these slogans are raised within the county for one’s own rights (farmers’ protest), one will be tagged as ‘anti-national’, or ‘Khalistani’, he said. When asked about ‘Khalistani’ tag attached to him after his name had surfaced in the Red Fort violence, he said the Supreme Court’s guidelines speak that there should be space for aspirations if these were expressed in a peaceful manner. “Aspirations should be peaceful and space should be there in a mature democratic set up. The struggle was to fight for the right. Unless a proper federal system is established, there will be problems in framing policies. Farming is a state subject, but the Centre overpowered it, thus leading to a massive protest by farming community”, he said and added that a sense of collective consciousness has developed among Punjabi youngsters.
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